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Seasonal patterns in Indiana plants Wanlass, Amanda, and AJ Weddle.. Indiana Phenology, 2 Oct 2020. Experiment. doi: 10.18258/17258
At each site, our observers monitor the same individual plants each time, reporting on the leafing flowering and fruiting status of the plants using the USA-National Phenology Network's standardized phenophase observation protocol. Essentially, observers answer a series of yes/no questions about the plants they monitor each week. There is even a free app they use that makes submitting their observations super easy.
Our biggest challenge, as with any citizen science project, is keeping our fabulous volunteer citizen scientists engaged, happy and informed. We publish a monthly newsletter reporting our findings to highlight the great work they do.
Our goal is to identify trends we see from location to location. We want to see how these change over time. We use phenology calendars and activity graphs to visualize the data.
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